“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life,” Pablo Picasso once said. Aside from artistic and creative expression, art serves many purposes. It can be a therapy of sorts. Studies have found that art therapy can affect individuals both psychologically and physiologically. Using our creative side can help our overall mental and physical state, but can also contribute to fighting effects of aging.
So how does art help keep us sharp and fight aging? Participating in an artistic activities like painting, drawing or even coloring can reduce depression and anxiety and improve overall coordination and brain function. A testament to this research, Pablo Picasso lived until he was 91 and produced art up until his death. Henri Matisse was one in the same and created art up until his death at age 84. Working until age 84 is not common in everyday jobs, so it’s clear that these artists were still very sharp, and it is an example of how positively their mental state was affected by creating art on a daily basis.
That's not to say that you have to create art like Matisse or Picasso. Carving out the time in your day to create something, whether that's a drawing, knitting or painting, contributes to your well being. There are six features are considered to be signs of successful aging, most of which can be attributed to art:
- A sense of purpose
- Interactions with others
- Personal growth
It’s never too early to pick up hobbies that help keep your mind sharp. It should be something that you strive to do each day!
Harmony’s active adult community in Central Florida, The Lakes, offers a dedicated activities director that organizes activities including art projects that any resident can participate in. We even have an recreation room that is solely for artistic use in our active adult Recreation Center. If you’d like to learn more about our activities or see our amenities, download our eBook below!